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American Legion Post 492 puts on Memorial Day parade for local WWII veterans

The people at Five Star Residences in Lafayette got a special Memorial Day treat on Monday.

Posted: May 25, 2020 3:10 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The people at Five Star Residences in Lafayette got a special Memorial Day treat on Monday. The American Legion Post 492 in West Lafayette organized a parade for the World War Two veterans who live there.

One of their residents is 105-years-old and was in the first D-Day wave on Omaha Beach. People of all ages, and in cars of all ages, drove through the parking lot honking horns and saying thanks to those who have served.

Shane Thomas is a member of Post 492. He said it's an honor to recognize his fellow servicemen.

"It's an honor. We went around and did the graves at the Veteran's Home and this is our final stop today and it's an honor to do it," he said.

Cindy Downham is the Life Enrichment Director for the nursing home. She said this Memorial Day and their veterans deserved the same recognition despite coronavirus.

"We had to do things a little different this year, but I love these residents and anything I can do to make their lives wonderful, I'm going to do it. And these guys went out of their way," she said, referring to those at Post 492.

About 20 residents came out to enjoy the parade, finding shade in the muggy afternoon sun. All residents wore masks and the facility made sure to wipe down all seats provided. Several residents expressed how grateful they were for the time and effort put into the parade.

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